Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in Veterans
1302 Writing 101
Professor Mary Alice Moore
February 10, 2013
The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have created an astounding number of wounded Veterans. As of November 2012, that total stood at 50,159, according to Defense Department data. When someone thinks about a wounded Soldier returning home from combat, they are looking for a missing limb, a bullet hole or burn damage. Not all wounds are visible. Traumatic Brain Injury, and PTSD has becoming more popular in today’s war on terror. In observing the level of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in our Troops returning from the wars in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom, our purpose will be to look at how PTSD effects the Troops quality of life, the psychological difficulties that these warriors are going through, and lastly what treatments are available to provide these returning hero’s.
For the purpose of this paper, the three topics associated with PTSD will be listed in order as such. The Paper will be discussing the quality was of life, the psychological difficulties, and resources available to our Troops and Veterans who need treatment for PTSD. Quality of life, impairing psychosocial and occupational functioning and overall well-being is the over-all disability from PTSD. It starts with psychological signs and triggers these Soldiers start to have not on the battle field but when they return home. As Paula Schnurr conducted her clinical review her team’s review specifies that the findings on PTSD and quality of life in OEF/OIF veterans are comparable to findings obtained from other war cohorts and from non-veterans as well. Even though the duration of PTSD in OEF/OIF Veterans is much shorter than in Vietnam Veterans, for example, those with PTSD in both cohorts are likely to experience poorer functioning and lower objective living conditions and satisfaction. (Schnurr, 2009)
The psychological difficulties that a...